As long as I can remember my Mom has always been an avid crock pot user, and I think this is what started my love for all day one-pot meals. The crock pot is tied in first with my food processor as my favorite kitchen gadget, and I find any excuse to use it. I often take recipes that are not meant for the crock pot and try to figure out how to make them taste good in the crock pot. This has not worked out too well for some things (chili is just not the same), but is fantastic for others. For weeks I have been in the mood to make my favorite pork tenderloin recipe, but I just haven't had the time to actually stand over the stove and make it.
|The Bride and her maids!|
Now that it's over I can say that for MONTHS I have been plotting and planning with some other wonderful ladies for my BFF's bridal shower! It happened this past Saturday, and I'd say it went great! With how busy I always am, though, I had to take off on Thursday to do a lot of the prep work, and instead of cooking on Friday night I was setting up and decorating for the shower. I even skipped class (!!!!) on Saturday morning to finish setting up and cooking food. So, where did that leave me?? WITH NO MEALS FOR THE WEEK!
|All my cupcakes!|
|Candy table! We had so many good treats!|
|That's me on the left, making the gift list! And Connie looking super happy in the middle!|
|Crock pot time!|
Of course on my train ride home I realized that I could not, in fact, spend my Tuesday night making a delicious pork tenderloin. Adam and I have taken the day off on Friday to go up to Jack Frost Mountain in the Poconos. We're going to check out the Preston & Steve Cardboard Classic, and we're thinking about maybe trying skiing or snowboarding! I'm very excited for this upcoming Friday, but I don't have any cold weather clothes!! I had already planned to stop by the new Marshall's on Market Street after work Tuesday afternoon because the few times I've been in there, they've always had great deals on Under Armor gear. Now here comes my dilemma; I have no food, but I don't have any time on Tuesday night to cook any for the week. WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO?! Bust out the crock pot, of course!
After speeding around the Russian market I realized I was going to have to tweak my favorite pork recipe even more. The market had about a hundred different kinds of ketchup, but NO mustard, and the recipe calls for whole grain mustard. How is that even possible?! I went with it, though, as I remembered Alicia telling me about a great pork recipe she made in the crock pot the other week that involved honey and brown sugar. I figured there would probably be enough sweet with the apples, so I could skip on the brown sugar, but I'd give the honey a try.
- 1 Pork Tenderloin
- 2 Granny Smith Apples
- 1 Large onion
- 1/2 C white wine vinegar
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
|Lookin' good when I got home from work!|
What is your favorite meal to cook in the crock pot? What was your best success? Your worst experiment?